Kay Boyle reads on her porch at The MacDowell Colony, ca. 1960.
Clemens Kalischer.Gelatin silver print.
Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.
Clemens Kalischer © (58) Digital ID #ppmsca-13441
Kay Boyle (1902–1992) met James Baldwin at The MacDowell Colony in 1960. Baldwin, a city dweller, did not like the woods after dark, so Boyle walked him back to his studio each evening after dinner. One night she confessed that she, too, was afraid of the dark. They laughed about their dilemma and waited for dawn, talking the night away. Committed social activists, Boyle and Baldwin became close friends.